Dark Age Defender

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The Demoman, defending

The Dark Age Defender is a community-created cosmetic item for the Demoman. It adds a wrought-iron breastplate, codpiece, and spiked pauldrons to the Demoman's default armour, in whole composing it into a set of medieval plate armour.

The Dark Age Defender was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Update history

June 13, 2013 Patch (Second Workshop Content Pack)

  • The Dark Age Defender was added to the game.

June 17, 2013 [Item schema update]

June 20, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed levels not showing up in-game.

August 20, 2013 [Item schema update]

  • Changed item type to Cosmetic Armor.

July 2, 2013 Patch

November 12, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.


  • The item's name refers to the Dark Ages, an outdated historiographical term used for the Early Middle Ages (circa 500 - 1000 AD). Despite popular conception, the term is now largely discouraged as knowledge did not drop from Roman times to the extent commonly thought in later centuries.
    • Furthermore, although this item is labeled "Dark Age", this type of plate armor is more akin to what would be developed in the High Middle Ages (c. 1000 - 1250 AD). The item description referencing the 12th century seems to acknowledge this.
  • The item description references Merlin, the famous wizard from Arthurian legend.


See also